Emmy episode analysis: Amy Poehler takes ‘Parks and Recreation’ on ‘One Last Ride’

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“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” is a phrase Amy Poehler must loathe hearing by now, at least when it comes to the Emmys. Poehler has been nominated a staggering 15 times without a win, including six bids for Best Comedy Actress for her leading role as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation” (she’s also been nominated once as a writer and twice as a producer on the series). She’s back in the running this year and has submitted for consideration the series finale, appropriately titled “One Last Ride.”

Poehler currently ranks second in our predictions with odds of 9/2, just behind reigning Emmy Queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who’s looking for her fourth consecutive win for “Veep” (odds of 2/3).


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SYNOPSIS: As the Pawnee gang faces their last day as employees of the Parks Department, Leslie rallies the troops to fix a swing as their final act of civil service. Over the course of the day, we catch glimpses of what the future holds for everyone, with Leslie as our helpful guide. It all culminates in an emotional future reunion in which everyone — including returning stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe — throw their support behind Leslie’s run for governor.

Will the “Parks and Rec” leading lady win for her last ride? Let’s consider the pros and cons:


This is Poehler’s last chance to win for this role. The episode is an emotional send-off to a beloved character, one that provides the actress with some of her best material. Fans of the show will certainly have this in mind as they’re filling out their ballots.

Poehler’s cachet in Hollywood helps as well, especially after those successful Golden Globes hosting gigs with Tina Fey.


Emmy voters are not sentimental. Just ask Emmy-less Steve Carell and Angela Lansbury.

Parks and Recreation” hasn’t exactly been popular with voters either: in its first six seasons, the show amassed a total of 15 nominations without a single win. This season, it only received three bids: Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actress, and Best Sound Mixing.

The hour-long finale is a showcase for the entire “Parks and Recreation” gang, and although Poehler is in the vast majority of the episode, her big moments don’t come until the end. Will voters wait that long?

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Photo: Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones in “Parks and Rec.” Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

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